Carmel in brief — June 2, 2020


Chemistry Olympiad — Two recent graduates of Carmel High School, Yannik Singh and Iris Yan, along with freshman Ge Robbie, are among the 20 finalists who will participate in the Chemistry Olympiad Virtual Study Camp from May 31 to June 12. They outscored more than 16,000 others to qualify for the intensive virtual camp, where they will receive college-level training. At the conclusion of the study camp, the top four students will represent the U.S. at the 52nd International Chemistry Olympiad in July. Two additional students will be designated as alternates.

Gold Medal Award — The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, has selected Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation as a finalist for the 2020 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Finalists will compete for Grand Plaque Award honors this summer, and the six Grand Plaque recipients will be announced live during the 2020 NRPA Conference, which will be held virtually in October. Learn more at

Library launches pickup service – The Carmel Clay Public Library has launched a curbside holds pickup service. A library staff member will call when a hold is ready to arrange a pickup time. Holds may be placed through the online catalog beginning. The number of items will be temporarily limited to 10. Items currently checked out are due June 16. Learn more at

County COVID-19 deaths – On May 26, Hamilton County released cumulative COVID-19 deaths by ZIP code. They are 3 deaths in 46031, 34 in 46032, 2 in 46033, 4 in 46040, 8 in 46062 and 6 in 46074. Deaths by nursing home facility are 16 at Carmel Health & Living, 7 at The Stratford, 5 at Brookdale Carmel, 5 at Harbour Manor, 2 at Heritage Woods and 1 at Maple Park. ZIP codes and facilities in Fishers are not included, because the city recently created its own health department.

Summer Reading Program – The Carmel Clay Public Library Summer Reading Program begins June 1. For the first time, the entire program will be held online. Participants will be eligible to have overdue fines erased from their accounts and reading prizes will result in food donations. Learn more at

Read to Feed — The Carmel Read to Feed program features local celebrities reading poetry, classic children’s novels and excerpts from literature while raising awareness and financial contributions to the Carmel Youth Assistance Program’s summer meals program. Watch the videos on the Carmel Read to Feed Instagram page. Donations can be made at

BMV opens by appointment – The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has opened a portion of its branches through an appointment-only format. Customers will be able to schedule an appointment for transactions that are not available online, including commercial driver’s licenses, new driver’s licenses, title transfers and disability placards. Learn more and schedule an appointment at

Golden Hoosier nominations – Nominations are open for the 2020 Golden Hoosier Award, which honors older Hoosiers for their lifetime of service and commitment to their communities. To be eligible for the award, the nominee must be an Indiana resident, age 65 or older and have been a volunteer in the community for the past three years. The deadline for submitting applications is June 30. Make a nomination at

Educator Honor Roll – Nominations are open for Carmel Education Foundation’s Educator Honor Roll, which recognizes Carmel educators for their positive impact. Nominees will receive a personalized certificate and be listed on the CEF website. Nomination donations fund grants for every school and scholarships for graduating seniors. Make a nomination at

Newcomers Club – Newcomers Club of Carmel, a nonprofit social club, connects its members with friends, engages in fun activities and explores the community. Monthly activities include a welcome coffee, a luncheon event and 32 interest group meetings. Membership represents Carmel, Westfield, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville and Indianapolis. For more, visit or call 317-564-8349.

Plumbing company gives back – Paul Henderson Plumbing is donating $20 from each service call that has an hour or more of labor involved to coronavirus relief efforts. The Carmel-based company has donated over $2,000 in the last month. For more, visit or call 317-872-3535.

Restaurant remodeled — Woody’s Library Restaurant was remodeled during COVID-19 downtime. The floors were replaced, everything was painted, and new decor was added. The remodel had been planned prior to the pandemic. Woody’s is open for dine-in and curbside pick-up. Learn more at

Court reporter honored — The National Court Reporters Association has announced that Amy Doman of Carmel has earned the nationally recognized Registered Merit Reporter certification, having demonstrated her ability to produce a high-quality verbatim record. RMR credentials distinguish stenographic court reporters and captioners as being among the top contributors to the profession in terms of reporting skills, transcript production, operating practices, and professionalism.

Paralegal joins firm – Carmel-based Hollingsworth Roberts Means has added paralegal Kim Achs to the firm. Her primary focus will be with the divorce and family law team. Achs previously worked at Faegre Drinker. She graduated from Sinclair Community College. Achs and her husband live in Greenwood with their two daughters.

Stratford now hiring – Carmel retirement community The Stratford is looking to hire qualified workers amidst current unemployment trends. To support those who are looking for new careers, the community has set up a dedicated hotline to speak directly to the community’s HR director as a quick way of connecting. Additionally, the team has implemented Daily Pay, a way to cash out the hours that have been worked that day. The Stratford offers benefits including medical, dental, vision insurance, wellness program, flexible PTO options, emergency loan options and more. For more, call 317-342-9009 or apply online at

Blood donations needed — The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate in the weeks and months ahead by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-733-2767 or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

COVID-19 antibody test available – Aria Diagnostics has secured an FDA-approved test for antibody testing for COVID-19. An antibody is a protein which the body produces in the late stages of infection and can remain for months or years after a person has recovered. Drive-up testing will be offered at Aria Diagnostics, 5635 W. 96th  St. in Indianapolis, and Northview Church, 12900 Hazel Dell Pkwy. in Carmel. The test costs $75 and a doctor’s order is not required. Results are available within 48 hours. Schedule a test at

Plasma can help COVID-19 patients – As coronavirus or COVID-19 continues its spread across the globe, Versiti Blood Center of Indiana has begun collecting plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients throughout Indiana to help treat those diagnosed with the virus. This blood-related treatment, approved by the FDA as an emergency investigational new drug, could offer hope to the hundreds of patients who continue to be diagnosed. This treatment would be used by hospitals for the most severely affected patients. For more, visit

Hospice volunteers needed – Anew Hospice is recruiting volunteers to visit patients in facilities in Carmel, Noblesville and elsewhere in the Indianapolis area. Volunteers provide assistance by listening and reminiscing, comforting, reading and playing music. For more information, call 317-300-2292 or visit

Hearing loss group – The Indianapolis Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America holds meetings from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month at Irvington Public Library, 5625 E. Washington St. in Indianapolis. Learn more at